Every-Day Beauty: Decorating with Flowers

As far as adding a touch of spring flair and fragrance goes, decorating with flowers is by far one of the loveliest, easiest, and visually delightful ways to bring the very best of the garden to the spring and summer decorating scheme.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Interior designer and tastemaker Charlotte Moss newest book, Charlotte Moss Flowers, is a delightful grab a cup or glass of tea-curl up with a good book guide to bringing in-full bloom beauty to house and home.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
—Henri Matisse

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware pitcher

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware

With the garden as her muse, Charlotte Moss celebrates the season of fresh and fragrant through inspired ideas for floral arrangements, tablescapes, and containers ideal for every-day living picture perfect placement around the house.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Inspiration truly is everywhere, especially at the movies.

Turner Classic Movies is featuring 31 Days of Oscar; a month long homage to the best of the best Academy Award winning Hollywood movie classics.

Multitasking at the movies is the activity I’ve mastered of late.

On monitor screen left is my blog post dashboard while on screen right is the feature film du jour.

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Classic blue and white in two lovely presentations.

Elizabeth Taylor Giant dining room gardenias

I get completely caught up movie set interiors and location choices, so much so I go from writing to capturing scenes for my photo portfolio courtesy of Windows PrtScn.

Of particular design and decorative accents visual interest is the breakfast scene from the movie Giant.

Chippendale, crystal, porcelain, and silver frame the scene, but the bowl of fresh gardenias steal the show.

Gardenias in a bowl will forever be a simple yet elegant decorating with flowers showstopper.

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Flower Magazine

Are you a fan of incorporating fresh from the garden (or floral department) flowers into your every-day decorating touches?

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Decorating With The Color Green

St. Patrick’s Day inspires decorating with the color green.

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The color connection between the St. Patrick’s Day and the color green dates back to the 17th c to what some perceive as an association to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

Beautiful French Room of green chair by Cecilia Rosslee

Beautiful French Room of green chair by Cecilia Rosslee

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Green is a classic color that evokes the splendor of the outdoors, four leaf clovers, St. Patrick’s Day, and the essential recipe for spring.

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Skonahem

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

– Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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Veranda

Classic color, texture, and pattern frames a picturesque setting.

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 Maddie Hughes Design

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House & Garden – Styled by Gabby Deeming – Photo by Jake Curtis

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Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green No. 81

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Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

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Zoe Feldman Design

Decorating with the color green is a proven in-house formula for amplifying the beauty and patina of the woods and finishes detailed in antique pieces.

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House & Garden

Creating cozy yet elegant spaces isn’t as difficult as one may think.

Believe it or not, antiques pieces are the answer when the goal is to create a warm, rich, and yes, cozy aesthetic.

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I love this “in my own little corner in my own little chair” space within a space in beautiful design and decorating with the color green accents detail by Ashley Montgomery Design.

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Ashley Montgomery Design

Antiques take very well to spaces enhanced by decorating with the color green.

interior designer Minnette Jackson

 Minnette Jackson – One Kings Lane

Scouting accessories and accents in the style of suggestion:

 Bengal Tiger Grass Fabric by Fabricut

Bengal Tiger Grass Fabric by Fabricut
Modern Faux Fur Stool Gold – Olivia & May

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House & Garden

Interiors that incorporate the color green as the main palette choice or well appointed accent color will invariably catch the eye.

Reason?

Decorating with the color green associates a natural beauty with a tangible balance that easily flows from space to space and shade to shade, complementing the core elements of design and decor.

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Style Forecast: Decor Trends 2021

Excitement greets a new year, and today’s decor trends 2021 show and tell highlights exciting style predictions coming your way.

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As for my personal formula of predicting interior design and decorating trends, I take into account various predictions from knowledgeable insiders, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

My personal advice regarding first of the year trends is to tread lightly into the what’s trending pool in order to eliminate decorating regret.

Good taste, judgment, and an impeccable sense of personal style will guide your decor trends 2021 choices.

Face Line Art

Home decor accessories and accents brimming with visual appeal prominently work the room to introduce two key elements in decorating- contrast and character.

Face line art pieces emulate drawings in the style of Picasso and Matisse, representing broadened interpretations and color choices.

Being a fan of the mix and mingle aspect of decor styles, I love introducing a piece of face line art in all its fun and funky glory into a traditional or formal aesthetic.

Entrecôte-Melbourne

Entrecôte Melbourne

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Female Line Face Framed Wall Art

Dark Blue Kitchens

Color in the kitchen made the what’s on trend list for 2020, and here it is coming around again.

Timeless color choices stand the test of time and trend.

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House & Garden – Photo by Nicole Franzen 

Hello, dark blue kitchens.

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The Main Company

If total color immersion, dark blue or any other color, does not appeal to your color scheme and style, consider using the color on a standout feature such as a kitchen island.

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HGTV

Old-World Charm

I’ve long regarded the distinctive details found in old-world charm accents and accessories as conversation pieces.

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MyDomaine

Pieces rich in unique design features and storied provenance create points of visual interest and conversation.

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House & Home- Designer Mikel Welch-Photographer John Bessler

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House Beautiful

Statement Lighting

Statement lighting fixtures become capable components in the overall design focal point equation.

Baguès Art Deco sconces

Homes to Love

Lighting is relevant to the feel you want the space to convey, and statement lighting flips the style switch to focal point fabulous in both the on and off position.

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Architectural Digest

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Kelly Wearstler Precision Pendant

Gold Accents

Gold accents will forever be on trend.

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Villandry Chic Luxury Day Bed

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

Gleaming Primrose Mirror

gold accents

Gold Hammered Picture Frame, 4×6 
Oro Gold Dining Chair
Kronburgh 20” Table Lamp
Kash 4 – Light 15″ Unique/Statement Geometric Flush Mount
24×32 Linear Portrait Canvas Wall Art
Carly Embroidered 14×26 Throw Pillow by Kosas Home
Kate and Laurel Celia Round Metal Foldable Tray Accent Table

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo Jay Wilde

Houseplants

Bringing the beauty of the outdoors indoors never looked so good.

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Lonny Magazine

Mudroom designed by Reena Sotropa In House Design Group

Copper Cookware

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Culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.

Suffolk kitchen

Neptune

Copper cookware and decorative accents remain an elegant element and traditional choice of material to complement taste, space, and of course to compliment the chef.

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House Beautiful

Neutrals

Neutral colors are no longer thought of as dull, boring or unimaginative home decor, accents, paint and furnishings options.

Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design

Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design

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Lonny Magazine

Rather a primary color choice to the space or color palette complement, neutral colors deliver on all focal point points.

I really do love how neutrals play so well together with the other colors found on the design and decor playground.

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House & Garden

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Studio McGee

Dark Hues

Moody.

Dramatic.

Dynamite look.

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Domino

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Mushroom Lamps

For some time now I’ve been noticing the popularity of the mushroom in everything from cookies to footstools to mushroom lamps.

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Yamini Designs

Toadstool trend?

It’s hot at present, and I must admit I owned and wish I still had both the aforementioned mushroom footstool and mushroom lamp that adorned my condo circa 1982.

Everything old is new again at one time or another.

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Wallpaper

Timeless designs, on-trend textures and patterns, and colors divine make wallpaper a classic choice of product for a quality result in interior decorating.

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House & Garden

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Elle Decor – Photo by Thomas Loof

This last decor trend is one that stands the test of time.

Personal Style

The consummate design aesthetic.

Finding normal footing in this very young yet promising new year proves an excellent motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiring decor trends 2021 it’s a decorista’s dream come true.

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DIY Fall Decor Project Ideas

Crisp air, nature’s bounty, and a hot glue gun is all the inspiration needed to get the DIY fall decor project ideas flowing.

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The little apple candle wreath that could is falls into my PhD (Project half Done) studies.

Believe me, the faux apples are not as red as they appear in the images.

They’re red alright,  but not quite as bright red as seen in some of the images.

If I could get the lighting right on both space and camera, I’d be dangerous.

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Styrofoam-wreath

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DIY wreath projects need not be a complicated endeavor.

Where’s the fun in that?

For this particular project I chose a Styrofoam wreath form.

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Remnants leftover from the umpteen burlap bags used for everything from placemats to gift bags came together to base wrap the wreath in order to cover the Styrofoam.

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Hot glue gun used for this step.

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Striving for a more polished look than that of the rustic burlap bags, I wrapped the entire form with burlap ribbon purchased from Dollar Tree, pinning the ribbon with a few straight pins to secure into place.

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Grab a paper or download a Michaels coupon and let the DIY fall decor project ideas savings begin.

Let me let you all in on a little secret…

DIY projects can get expensive, so clip those coupons.

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Place faux apples and pears around the form to get an idea of how you want the finished look to turn out.

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Heat up the glue gun (use caution with these things), and once it gets hot glue the faux fruit in place.

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Spanish moss is not only decorative, it covers a multitude of gaps and DIY mistakes.

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There you have it.

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I absolutely love this sweet sweet DIY potpourri wreath from Sweet Something Designs.

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Simple elegance comes to a door or chair frame near you by way of a bag or two of potpourri, a grapevine wreath, your favorite color, texture, and pattern ribbon, and the usual wreath making tools and glue gun to hold fall fabulous all together.

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Simple instructions of hot gluing potpourri pieces to wreath and topping off the look with a bow in your choice of ribbon.

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Laura of Garden Answer posted another wonderful fall wreath how-to video giving us five different options to choose from.

How fall flipping cute is the owl wreath?

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Grapevine wreath.

Hydrangea.

Pine cones.

An assortment of fall leaves.

Feathers.

Small craft gourds.

Dried and/or fresh floral stems.

Seasonal blooms.

Decorative owl figure.

Laura uses echinacea, rose hips, hydrangea, clematis, sedum, vines, pine cones, autumn leaves, and a most darling owl.

wreath owl supplies

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Jo-ann Fabric

Owl cute is this!

Pinecone Owl

Pinecone Owl

Magnolia tree flower and leaves

Flickr

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Items sourced and found at Jo-Ann Fabrics on a free shipping Saturday afternoon signals the cart is full of DIY fall decor project ideas.

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Jo-Ann-wreath

Purchased for this project list:

18″ Grapevine Wreath

Zucker Feather Products 12 pk Duck Gilded Feathers

Bloom Room Autumn 19” Millet Leaf Bush Yellow

Place & Time Fall Harvest Textured Ribbon 2.5″

Bloom Room Autumn Hanging Pinecone Acorn Natural

From nature:

Pinecones

Nandina

Hydrangea

Juniper

Fresh pine

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Nandina berries  fresh pine and juniper

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Placement is ruled by where the bulk of the clippings and stems fit best without much effort in securing to wreath.

Why make things difficult?

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Undone paper clips help to secure stems to the wreath.

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I hot glued the pinecones and hanging pinecone acorn to the wreath with ease and great success.

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Professional bow maker will never find its way onto my resume, but I can fake it till I make it with the best of them.

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A trusty loop and twist method works, and pipe cleaners-stems looped around the center and twisted several times holds everything in place.

Once you decide where on the wreath the bow will go, feed the “ends” of the pipe cleaners-stems in an over and under method through a couple of the wreath twigs in that section.

Gentle pull up on the pipe cleaner-stem ends to pull the bow close to the wreath.

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Secure the bow in place, twist the ends together, tuck the stems into the wreath twigs to hide, and fluff the bow.

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Gold feathers tucked in visually strategic spots

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wreath DIY fall decor project ideas

As time marches on the nandina is turning a stunning golden crimson.

So fall fabulous!

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DIY wreaths naturally mirror the beauty of the season.

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Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Waiting for the green light for live and in-person back to campus activities to flash go caused this dorm room decor ideas show and tell to come in a tad late, but good and stylish things come to those who dorm room decorate.

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The time is always right for enhancing your dorm room digs with back to campus chic-on trend-color splashed-affordable-making college life easy decor.

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The objective is to select dorm room decor items in chateau chic and casa high style to reflect a sense of you while making a dorm room, townhouse, condo, or apartment look and feel like your home away from home.

Let’s begin this dorm room decor ideas show and tell with accents and accessories tailored for accomplishing just that.

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Light Up Your Life Canvas Art Print 1

Light Up Your Life Canvas Art Print

Photo of Chanel Store - Wall Art Poster Print

Photo of Chanel Store – Wall Art Poster Print

Sketched Floral Medallion Tapestry

Sketched Floral Medallion Tapestry

Demeo Stacking Side Chair

 

Demeo Stacking Side Chair

Let’s be clear- this Demeo Stacking Side Chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic.

 Reema Back Cushion Reema Back Cushion

Furniture of America Kene Modern White Faux Fur Padded Accent Chair

Furniture of America Kene Modern White Faux Fur Padded Accent Chair

Silver Orchid Sterling Shaggy Faux Fur Ottoman Bench

Silver Orchid Sterling Shaggy Faux Fur Ottoman Bench

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

Birdy Side Table

Birdy Side Table

Better Homes & Gardens 2-Cube Storage Organizer, WhiteBetter Homes & Gardens 2-Cube Storage Organizer, White

 

Marshfield Tray Top Cross Legs End Table

Marshfield Tray Top Cross Legs End Table

 

Happimess Michael 35 Wicker Storage Trunk, Gray

Happimess Michael 35″ Wicker Storage Trunk, Gray

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.

Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

 

Stephen 23.5 MetalMarble LED Table Lamp, Brass GoldWhite by JONATHAN Y

Stephen 23.5 Metal Marble LED Table Lamp by JONATHAN Y

A one for you, and one for your dorm mate pairing.

Cici Crystal Table Lamp - Set of 2Cici Crystal Table Lamp – Set of 2

Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light

Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light

A soft and stylish rug such as this Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug is a great choice for creating a chic and comfy setting.

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Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug

Evet Rug

Evet Rug

Wolken Southwestern Handmade Hooked Wool Pink/Beige Area Rug

Wolken Southwestern Handmade Hooked Wool Pink/Beige Area Rug

Campus comfy and cozy is an essential design and decorating element in this dorm room decorating ideas show and tell.

Bedding.

Bath.

Beauty.

Brew.

The four B’s of dorm room life.

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

The Big One® Floral Medallion Reversible Comforter Set with Sheets

The Big One® Floral Medallion Reversible Comforter Set with Sheets

Silver Orchid O'Fredericks Blush 3-piece Comforter Set

Silver Orchid O’Fredericks Blush 3-piece Comforter Set

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and TellLauren Ralph Lauren Logo Pillows, Down Alternative

Monogram PillowcaseMonogram Pillowcase

Grand Collection Whimsical Printed Sheet Set

Grand Collection Whimsical Printed Sheet Set

Grand Collection Microfiber Inspirational Print Sheet Set

Grand Collection Microfiber Inspirational Print Sheet Set

Mainstays Extra Plush Lightweight Sherpa Throw Blanket

Mainstays Extra Plush Lightweight Sherpa Throw Blanket

Buffalo Plaid Waffle Woven Reverse to Sherpa Throw Blanket with Tassels

Buffalo Plaid Waffle Woven Reverse to Sherpa Throw Blanket with Tassels

Sleep Soft Premium High Pile Oversize Super Plush Throw

Sleep Soft Premium High Pile Oversize Super Plush Throw

Koolaburra by UGG Rosie Throw

Koolaburra by UGG Rosie Throw

Get comfy with Friends.

Friends 'Central Perk' 2 Piece Decorative Pillow and Blanket Set

Friends ‘Central Perk’ 2 Piece Decorative Pillow and Blanket Set

glam it up pillows

Badger Basket Wicker Two Hamper Set with Liners - WhiteBadger Basket Wicker Two Hamper Set with Liners – White

The Big One® 4 Drawer Storage Tower

The Big One® 4 Drawer Storage Tower

Watercolor Floral Laundry Hamper

Watercolor Floral Laundry Hamper

sets

Morgan Home Fashions 6pc Washcloth Set

Mainstays Catching Rays Tufted Cotton Washable Bath Rug

Mainstays Catching Rays Tufted Cotton Washable Bath Rug

Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel Twin Pack

Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel Twin Pack

Cosmic Shower Caddy

Cosmic Shower Caddy

Mainstays Chloe Cosmetic Drawer Organizer, Plastic, Clear

Mainstays Chloe Cosmetic Drawer Organizer, Plastic, Clear

Ruby+Cash Zip Cosmetic Bag - Make Up Make Art

Ruby+Cash Zip Cosmetic Bag – Make Up Make Art

Lay-n-Go COSMO Cosmetic Bag

Lay-n-Go COSMO Cosmetic Bag

Shampoo conditioner bottle reusable bottlesShampoo-Conditioner-Body Wash Reusable Bottles

Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Bountiful Bouquet Hand Wash Soap

Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Bountiful Bouquet Hand Soap

rose-scented-lotion

Llama love this vase for holding makeup brushes, lipsticks, and color pencils.

Leisure Arts Inc Llama Vase

Leisure Arts Inc Llama Vase

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Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

Oster Blend-N-Go MyBlend BlenderOster Blend-N-Go MyBlend Blender

 

Dash Mini Maker Electric GriddleDash Mini Maker Electric Griddle

Davenport Insulated Lunch Bag Kit

Tervis® Bright Mandala 20 oz Stainless Tumbler with Lid
Davenport Insulated Lunch Bag Kit

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from the desk of office supplies

Pull up that Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and color your world and your desk supplies cute!

Rose Gold Wire Binder Clips Pkg/6

Rose Gold Wire Binder Clips Pkg/6

Sony SRS-XB01 EXTRA BASS Portable Bluetooth SpeakerSony SRS-XB01 EXTRA BASS Portable Bluetooth Speaker

2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda - 17 Month

2020-2021 Jumbo Agenda – 17 Month

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa

Mead 1 Subject College Ruled Spiral Notebook

Mead 1 Subject College Ruled Spiral Notebook 6″x 4.5″ Green Notebook

Modern Innovations 15 Inch Bedside Caddy Tray with Cup Holder & Cable Cord Insert

Modern Innovations Bedside Caddy Tray with Cup Holder & Cable Cord Insert

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector Gold

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Surge Protector Gold

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

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The University of the SouthFollow All Saints' Chapel & Carnegie Hall

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Montreux Iron Butterfly Chair with Real Leather SeatMontreux Iron Butterfly Chair with Real Leather Seat

Roma Small Bean Bag Lounger

Roma Small Bean Bag Lounger

Loring End Table - Project 62

Loring End Table – Project 62

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Carbon LoftQuiet Reed Industrial Metal/Wood Task Chair

Momeni Maya Plaid Area Rug

Momeni Maya Plaid Area Rug

Home Dynamix Tribeca Mason Area Rug

Home Dynamix Tribeca Mason Area Rug

Vintage Record Collection Canvas Art Print Vintage Record Collection Canvas Art Print

 

Ematic Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone - Black

Ematic Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone

 

NCAA LSU Tigers Bitty Boomer Bluetooth Speaker

NCAA LSU Tigers Bitty Boomer Bluetooth Speaker

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

PhoneSpa Phone & Accessory UV-C Sanitizer and Aroma Diffuser

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Colombian Leather Flapover Briefcase

Colombian Leather Flapover Briefcase

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set - Room Essentials

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set – Room Essentials

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial RedKeurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial Red

LSU bag community coffee

tiger coffee mug

Community Coffee dark roast kicks the day into gear and puts a tiger in your tank.

Dorm room inside Smiley Hall, Pomona College

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rube-boxRube Cube Box

 Jssmst Diversion Book Safe with Combination Lock, Secrect Hidden Safe Lock Box

 Jssmst Diversion Book Safe with Combination Lock

College Definition Print Dictionary Art

College Definition Print Dictionary Art

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

Big Lebowski Dude Decorative Poster

New York 8-Piece Comforter SetNew York 8-Piece Comforter Set

LSU-pillow-case

NCAA Louisiana State Tigers Football Pillowcase

Better Homes & Gardens Sherpa Throw Blanket

Better Homes & Gardens Sherpa Throw Blanket

HAITRAL Contemporary Desk Lamp with Wooden Base, Black Fabric Shade

HAITRAL Contemporary Desk Lamp with Wooden Base, Black Fabric Shade

V-LIGHT Classic Style CFL Banker's Desk Lamp with Green Glass Shade, Antique Bronze Finish

V-LIGHT Classic Style CFL Banker’s Desk Lamp with Green Glass Shade

 

Basketball Decorative Pillow

Basketball Throw Pillow

Navy Bed Rest Pillow with Arms

Just Home Navy Bed Rest Pillow with Arms

 

Dylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp BlackDylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp Black

 

Vintage Metal Sphere Lamp

Vintage Metal Sphere Lamp

Keys, and change, and stuff.  Oh, my.

 

Hello There Handsome Faux Leather Jewelry Dish

 

Take note of your things to do day-to-day activities, and may I add sage advice from Dr. Freud.

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Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Share the corn, not the germs.

Essentials Single Serving Paper Popcorn Bags, 8-ct. Packs

Dollar store runs result in disposable single serving popcorn bags, inexpensive treats, goodies and dorm room necessities.

The College Cookbook - by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

The College Cookbook – by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Nostalgia Electrics Diner Style Hot Dog Steamer

Nostalgia Electrics Diner Style Hot Dog Steamer

I hope one or more off the items in this dorm room decor ideas show and tell offers inspiration for your dorm room or apartment design and decor.

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Easter Dessert Presentation

The first holiday of the spring season is upon us, and I’m thinking Easter dessert presentation.

Even though we’re all in this together, Easter 2020 we will not be what most of us are used to, entertaining wise at least.

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Have you seen this Hosting with Kelly Clarkson for Wayfair commercial?

 

“You’re welcome.”

Love it!

Taking a cake from grocery store shelf, bakery display or freezer section to dessert table impressive is easy.

Loire Glass Round 7.75" Cake Stand, BlueLoire Glass Round 7.75″ Cake Stand, Blue

Boom, you too can be a chef with a pretty cake plate and garnish for the host or hostess with the most or mostess win.

knockout rose bush

The usual made from scratch Easter coconut cake ain’t happening this Easter 2020, but the one from the bakery at Kroger’s (delicious) will be decorated with a spring bouquet topper of knockout roses.

It is said we eat with our eyes first which translates pure and simple to the proven fact I know to be true.

Presentation is key, folks.

Easter dessert presentation

It seems my camera has decided it does not want to import photos to my computer for some driver-hardware-update reason only known to Windows 10, Nikon, and the evil computer gods.

There goes the photos of the blue hobnail cake stand I inherited from my grandmother’s collection and fresh rose petals I meticulously staged for this Easter dessert presentation post.

Loire Glass Square Cake Stand BlueLoire Glass Square 10″ Cake Stand, Blue

Another spring-Easter-Mother’s Day-summer entertaining (hope we can do lots of that this year) favorite is making rose petal ice cubes.

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So easy to make, and it takes your beverage presentation to the next level.

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Dave the Builder brought home a dozen yard eggs the other day in various colors much to my Easter egg decorating and baking delight.

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fresh eggs

The idea here is to intermingle a half dozen farm to Easter table eggs with a half dozen decorative speckled multicolored eggs in the DIY Easter basket I made last Easter.

Easter dessert presentation

From fresh flowers to grandmothers cake stand, simple touches and visually impressive details come together to dress up your Easter dessert presentation.

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Sharing the Christmas Cheer

Time is short on this Friday before Christmas, but there’s always time for sharing the Christmas cheer.

vintage-style-gift-bagsChristmas on sale emails get my attention at this time of year.

I sourced, shopped, and scored these Simplicity vintage gift bags at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, and they are so super vintage style cute.

Christmas-potpourri

Apples, lemons, cinnamon sticks, whole coves, and bay leaves brought to boil and set to simmer fills the house with the scents of Christmas.

poinsettiaBrothers bearing gifts of poinsettia in winter white and Christmas red kick off the week before Christmas gift exchange.

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This year’s Christmas decorating is less extravagance and more emphasis on special touches rooted in memories, provenance, and simple I love that beauty.

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Oranges and cloves remind me of my great grandmother’s house at the holidays.

cloves-oranges-cedarHer uncomplicated approach to Christmas decorating translated into a unique style all her own and adorned in understated grace.

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I conducted a Christmas tasting trial run while the kids were home.

Hands down, this cranberry fig cheese ball took top honors in the holiday appetizer category.

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Cranberry Fig Cheese Ball

Ingredients

8 ounce block cream cheese softened

8 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

½ cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup fig preserves

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning, optional

½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese to soften.  Add shredded mild cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, Worcestershire sauce, fig preserves and chopped parsley.  Mix all ingredients together to blend.

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Form cheese mixture into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4 hours or even better, overnight allowing cheese ball to firm up.

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Once firm, unwrap cheese ball from plastic wrap.  Roll the cheese ball in Creole seasoning and chopped walnuts to cover.  Serve with snack crackers of choice.

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Sharing the Christmas cheer is the best part of the holiday season.

I’m spending this weekend in the Places In The Home test kitchen churning out cakes and cookies for family, friends, and neighbors.

After all, it is the most wonderful and tasty time of the year, the present is in the process, and the gift is in the giving.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and love from me to you at this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

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Festive Finery For Christmas Fetching Friday

Today’s festive finery for Christmas fetching Friday comes to you in the spirit of it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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Christmas is the time of year for decking the halls in elegant, traditional, vintage, casual, and the like finery.

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House & Garden

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One Kings Lane

Christmas fetching Friday

Better Homes & Gardens

mirror above benchThe Glam Pad

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House & Garden

Absolutely vintage style fabulous.

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Country Living

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Designer Darryl CarterDesigner Darryl Carter

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Veranda Magazine

 JOSH YÖUNG DESIGN HOUSE

Josh Young Design House – Domino

It’s the most wonderful and beautiful time of the year.

I hope you have the opportunity to witness firsthand the beauty and magic of the season’s festive finery on this twelve days until Christmas fetching Friday.

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